COVID-19 Bulletin (07/31/20)

Hispanic residents make up 40 percent of Texas but 48 percent of the state's COVID-19 cases.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 537 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths on Thursday. While the new cases continue a downward trend, hospitalizations went up, possibly related to the case number highs of a couple weeks ago.

NBC DFW took a look at how new COVID-19 cases are reported through public and private testing sites, and experts noted that the daily case numbers are from several days before because they come from so many different sources. The number to follow is the rolling two-week average of new cases, which give a clearer picture.

Hispanic residents in Texas are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, and are catching the virus at a disproportionate rate while also suffering worse outcomes. Hispanic residents make up 40 percent of the state’s population but 48 percent of its coronavirus patients, The Texas Tribune reports.

The Dallas Morning News interviewed UT Southwestern’s Dr. Madhukar Trivedi who shared eight ways to combat the mental health effects of COVID-19, which include good sleep, virtual memorializations, and supporting seniors.


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